Florida opens No. 1 in power rankings

August, 5, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

ATHENS, Ga. -- Florida and then Georgia, or Georgia and then Florida? I'm sticking with the Gators until proven otherwise, which is why they open No. 1 in my first SEC power rankings.

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1.Yes, I know Georgia's No. 1 in the coaches' preseason poll. But since when did the coaches become good prognosticators? Any team with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin is No. 1 in my poll.
2.If Florida and Georgia swapped schedules, I'd probably have the Bulldogs No. 1 in the power rankings. The Bulldogs are good, but not good enough to make it through that schedule unscathed.
3.Sounds like a transfer from Harvard's freshman team, Andrew Hatch, may be LSU's quarterback this year. Say this for the Tigers: If it comes down to the offensive and defensive lines, nobody's better.
4.This is one of those even years, which means Auburn gets LSU at home. That's typically been good news for the home team. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has a solid team. Now, if he can only settle on a quarterback.
5.The Vols should be better in just about every area than a year ago and, despite embarrassing routs to Florida and Alabama, did make it to the SEC championship game. Is Jon Crompton the answer at quarterback?
6.The Gamecocks are overflowing with returning defensive starters, including 270-pound middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley. If Steve Spurrier can stick with a quarterback, the Gamecocks could be in for a big year.
7.As the season has drawn nearer, I've decided that the Rebels deserve some more love. Something tells me Jevan Snead will be the third best quarterback in the league, and Ole Miss is loaded in the defensive line.
8.Freshmen figure to play a big role for the Crimson Tide this season, especially at linebacker and receiver. If quarterback John Parker Wilson can play with consistency from the outset, Bama could work itself up.
9.The first four games are critical for the Bulldogs. They have to find a way to come out of those four at least 3-1. It remains to be seen if Mississippi State has enough offensive playmakers to match last season's success.
10.Rich Brooks says he's never had a more talented defense at Kentucky, and he'll need one this season. The Wildcats lost just about everybody on offense, and quarterback hopeful Curtis Pulley is in the doghouse.
11.Arkansas will win a game nobody expects it to, but there's just too much unproven about this team to expect a winning season. Bobby Petrino has shown us that it doesn't take him long to put his stamp on a program.
12.Keep an eye on D.J. Moore, who's one of the most exciting multi-purpose athletes in the league. He'll play receiver and cornerback. Even so, the Commodores will be hard-pressed to climb out of the cellar.

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